Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bullied to death at work

When Carolyn Malkin was 13 years old, her father committed suicide because of workplace bullying.  As Malkin states in The Conversation,  "For a sensitive person, this pain, rejection, depression – whatever it was – was enough to cause him to put his company-issued pistol to his head and fire. He did this despite a wife and family who loved him".

The extreme pain of losing her father still haunts her 30 years later: "I still don’t know the names of my father’s “vultures”. Thirty years on, a middle-aged adult, I still occasionally freeze; I’m a young girl again who cannot comprehend what happened to her Dad."

We join Malkin in her hope that the Review into Workplace Bullying and legislative change "will reflect serious acknowledgement by employers that bullying can be every bit as dangerous in a workplace as a rickety scaffold."

1 comment:

  1. I am near dead from being bullied and I often wish I were dead because the pain would not be there any more.